The Miami News from Miami, Florida on February 9, 1959 · 18
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The Miami News from Miami, Florida · 18

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Monday, February 9, 1959
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. . r- w y y y y 1C THE MIAMI NEWS, Monday, Feb. 9, 1959 BC Dead? Its . Corpse Just Blinke Well Robinson, Moore Title Bout May Be Signed Here Soon By ED O'NEIL portt Eliter M Th Miami wa Forces are drawing a fa--miliar quartet to Miami this week. If they all happen to find themseJves in the same ' room, many of the questions to boxing's next evolution could be answered in short order. . , c ' "Ever since the International Boxing Club was disman- tied by the Federal government, -the questions have popped. 7 ; ; Few. Days Now the workers in the cauliflower gardens may keep their eyes peeled to what happens here in a mat- JIM NORMS ter of days. It could affect all of their futures. Consider the cast which will be on the sun-lit stage by the end of this week, and then figure your own answers to the questions it suggests. First, Sugar Ray Robinson announces that he is going to Miami this week to "rest." The middleweight champion hasn't been doing much in the way of physical exertion outside of sidestepping Carmen Basilio and other 160-pounders. But he says he's coming to "rest." I. Gibson Coming Now, this department learns that Truman Gibson Jr. is coming to Miami, this week, too. Gibson was the president ' subbing for James D. Norris when the Federal ax fell on the IBC. No mere coincidence, with those two visiting these shores, is the fact that this is where Jim Norris lives. i 1 ' 1 Wv ' . SUGAR RAY ROBINSON ARCHIE MOORE ! Rounding out the cast ' is Jack JCearns, who tells light heavyweight champion Archie Moore where to make his money.. i, Do the pieces begin to fit? ; And are you led to the same questions I find oa my mind this day? Is Norris ready to step back into the boxing picture now, even on a scale pared down by the anti-trust action? Has Gibson ever said he was getting out of boxing? And have Sugar Ray or the Arch of Triumph ever expressed repugnance for the kind of money they figure to make in fighting . each other? They aren't that old! TRUMAN GIBSON Ah, the play's the thing, but the cast comes first. . Deal Soon " I It is not unreasonable to believe that arrangements for Robinson to challenge Moore's championsnip will be worked out here, and soon. Think a little on it, and some other Interesting angles present themselves. For one thing, that court order knocked the old IBC out of the monopoly business. But it did not, and could not, prevent Norris and Gibson from still promoting lights. . , The IBC is no more, but Is there anything to prevent the Norris from forming another boxing organization? The only thing to keep Norris out of boxing, as we can read it, Is his own Inclination. Can't A Horse Jus Get Old? V - By JOE TANENBAUM , The alibi artists have adopted Bardstown. But their excuses are absurd. , t " Many people who should know better are trying . to blame Bardstown's dismal performance in the McLennan Handicap last Saturday on: (1) His "crushing" 126-pounds impost. (2) The off track. . (3) Jockey Steve Brooks.' (4) Trainer Jimmy Jones. In 'order, THESE are the facts; i (1) Bardstown previously had carried 130 pounds to victory without undue difficulty. He long has been honored with high weight in handicaps and by now he must think 126 or thereabouts is a normal burden. (2) The brilliant Calumet Farm gelding had shown all track conditions are alike to him. He recorded one of his greatest victories, in the 1957 Widener Handicap, over a ' "good" track that prevailed last Saturday. ; (3) Brooks performed in his ; usual alert, competent manner. There seemed to . be nothing Brooks, or any other jockey, could do to avoid be ing on the outside of four horses going to the clubhouse turn. The luck of the post position draw cannot be attributed 'to Brooks. ' ' , (4) Jones used the same training methods for the Mo Lennan that have made Bardstown one of the great geldings tajUnited States history. This formula also has earned JoneF undisputed recognition as one of the great trainers. . ' Actually Bardstown needs no alibis.' ' He is seven-years old. ' His previous performances , this winter, j in winning two handicaps over t virtually ; the same opponents which he trailed in the McLennan, were noth ing short of miraculous considering his age. ! ' ' A seven-year old horse is entitled to have a bad day when he is unable, due to the speed jam on the clubhouse turn, to run the way he prefers in front. r. While others are spending time thinking up lame excuses, Jones will be preparing his gallant charge for the $100,000 Widener Feb. 21 at Hialeah.- - Never Again Mwr&tWXX Perhaps never again will boxing have the one-king system which prevailed through Tex Rickard, was continued by Mike Jacobs I and" his Twentieth Century f Boxing Club' and passed on 1 to i orris ana the ibc. This dors not mean that' the old . guard, with a new title, won't promote on : very large acale. a Exclusive contracts seem 1 I to have been erased, but friendship needs no paper. Under Norris, many of box-I ing's stars made big money. ' ' i t, " f i : " , f j- JOE TANENBAUM The old man of the handicap division may not draw the outside post in that one. And he again will be the horse the others will be trying to catch. X -int. Death Just Missed; ' " n - : 1 . -. ii I Giant Manager Rigney's Wrecked Auto; Smashed Into Pole Bill Rigney's Jaw Smashed In Accident Wife's Hip Badly Broken; Both Drinking i . , , United Preu International WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Feb. 9 Bill Rigney, manager of the San Francisco Qiants, today faced the prospect of spending the opening days of spring training in bed,-recovering from serious injuries suffered in an automobile smashup. Rigney and his wife, Paula, were hospitalized here yesterday for surgery., after their car went out of control and crashed into a power pole in Berkeley, across the bay from San Francisco. , The 41 - year old baseball manager suffered a badly smashed lower jaw and a broken collarbone., Mrs. Rigney's hip was fractured, the shattered bone ripping through her flesh. A hospital spokesman said . they were in good condition. According to the police report, Rigney apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his 1955 model coupe about 4:30 a.m. while the car was traveling at moderate speed. The machine veerecL over and ploughed into the power pole. The report noted that both Rigney's had. been drinking, but no citations were issued. "The accident was caused by Rigney' falling asleep at . the wheel," the report read. "Both William and Paula . Rigney had been drinking." " Rigney's physician, who. asked not to be quoted by . name, said four hours of surgery "were re- ; quired to wire the manager's shattered jaw together. "There was no evidence of concussion or internal injuries," he said. "The jaw fracture , was quite serious, though . . . a lot of work was necessary to save his teeth." . Littler Putted Like A Demon rmtta Pimi International PHOENIX, Ariz., Feb. 9 Gene Littler, labled only five years ago as the probable successor to Ben Hogan's golf crown, but a flop as a winner for the last two years, is back on his stick. - . .. ,.,..--. The blond San Diego links star annexed the Phoenix Open cham pionship Sunday for his first ' major tournament victory since early 1957, - , . . . Migosh. Milady Ml IK 1 -- -r.---- ---- i iiisrar imihim 0 - iiiiimiiiinilsa 'tWN'w- r --irTirrrmnr J ' Bent Steering Wheel Shows Force With Which Rigney Hit It United Pma International LONDON. Feb. 9 - Lady Reed, president of the Women's Amateur Athletic Association, clashed with the organization today on the question of form-fitting clothes for V lady athletes. The WAAA, in a weekend pronouncement, warned Britain's muscle girls against wearing clothes that are too brief or revealing. . "Nonsense!" snorted Lady Reed. "I'm all for brief cloth ing for women athletes, espe-' cially if a girl has a good pair of legs and most of our girls , have. . t i ' On one point only, she agreed with the Association nylon track suits. . "I understand photographic flashlights make them seem to vanish, just as if the material wasn't there." ' she said. "I don't think that would be a very good thing.", , , His pitting game is back on the beam and a slight change in his swing has given the three-time winner of the tournament of cham pions the confidence he needs to be a big winner again, "I went back to the putter 1 used four years ago," said Gene after he had stood off the closing rush of Art Wall to win by a single stroke. "And I putted like a demon all week." ! ' Gene had a closing round of 71 to go with early performances of 67-63-67 for a 268 total-12 strokes under par for the distance on the Arizona Country Club course. The win was worth $2,400. There was a three-way tie back of the leaders at 275 for third place between John McMullin, Alameda,' Calif., - Marty-' Furgol, Lemont, III., and Jimmy Clark, Huntington Beach, Calif., each collecting $1,133.34.' j V I , v j. l. vt " ii t ' 4 4 xjt ' , r t i GENE LITTLER Lines Up Putt On 8th: Southpaw's Record tnlted Pimi International ST. LOUIS Harry Brecheen of the St. Louis Cardinals, who turned the trick in 1946 against the Boston Red Sox, is the only southpaw in history to win three games in a single World Series. ' against Newberry in -1954. Tournament List Looks Familiar NEW YORK, Feb. 9-That difference year is supposed to make apparently draws college basketball as an exception. With only a few, changes here and there, it's beginning to look like the same old faces will be around when the National Collegiate and National Invitation Tournaments form their lineups next month. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, fan's a couple of rousing shows last season and they'll probably do it again. If a proven product is the measure of success; 'the promoters seem to have it made. ,10 MAY RETURN At the moment, at least 10 of last year's 16 major conference representatives are headed back to the far-flung NCAA championships. " ' That would be ' defending national champion Kentucky from the Southeastern .Conference, West Virginia from the Southern, Kansas State from the Big Eight, Cincinnati from the Missouri Val ley, Dartmouth from the Ivy League, California from the Pac ific Coast, Connecticut from the Yankee,' Miami of, Ohio from the Mid-American, Idaho State from the Rocky Mountain loop and The "old hands" gave the Arizona State U. from the Bor der Conference. That number could be up to 11 if Indiana, last year's Big 10 champion, continues . the stretch run that has closed the Hoosiers within a half game of front-run ning Michigan State. As for the NfT, guesses are that perhaps seven of the 12-team field will be repeaters r includ ing St. Bonaventure, Niagara, St, John's; St. Francis (Pa), Dayton, and Bradley and St Joseph's (Pa), a they don't win their conference races, Bradley" currently is runnerup to Cincinnati in the Missouri Valley Conference and St. Joseph's heads the. Informs' Middle .Atlantic group that has done so well in past tournaments with teams , like LaSalle and Temple. ....... Nap Lajoie Laid To Rest tnltH Praia International DAYTONA BEACH, Feb. 9 ' Funeral services were held this morning for Napoleon Lajoie, a member of baseball's Hall of Fame and described by many as the greatest second baseman of ail time. Complications of pneumonia caught up with the old battler Saturday at a Daytona Beach hospital. He was 83. The solemn high requiem mass was sung by the Rt. Rev. Msg. William J. Mullally, assisted by Deacon Rev. Patrick O'Sullivan and Sub Deacon Rev. Joseph Beleckas'sj. White Sox To Veeck By April? t'nltea Fmi International CHICAGO. Feb. 9 - Bill Veeck will own controlling interest in the Chicago White" Sox come the 1959 season, it appeared certain today, but current Vice President Chuck Comiskey insisted he still was "doing business at the same stand' a stand rapidly crowd' ing to capacity.- Comiskey had no comment on the revelation that his sister, Mrs, Dorothy Rigney, sold an option on her 54 per cent of Sox stock to Veeck for $2,700,000. If Veeck fails to pick up his -option, th? stock will go, to the local insur ance broker Charles O. Finley for the same price, ' '- Finley already ' has slapped down a $500,000 deposit. Veeck only has paid $100 for his option but liis lawyers already have drawn up all the papers. "We will continue with our plans to buy the stock," Veeck said. He said his option was "not for sale" and he definitely intended to go through with his deal to Mrs. Rigney. , Comiskey has filed a three-pronged court petition aimed at spiking sister Dorothy's sale but it nevertheless appeared ' that even if the court ruled favorably toward Comiskey, the situation's lone change would be the date on which Veeck takes over posses sion. ' Smaller Scale If they remember the friendship, IBC ; could rise' j again ... simply on a smaller scale. The play may have new name, but that cast is one you recognize. Ambitious folks who figured it was their turn on the pedestal with "the king" un- 9 seated, may find they still for the big bouts. I i JOE BROWN Foes Have No Worries Th AwnrtaM PrM HOUSTON, Tex., Feb. 9 - Joe Brown and Johnny Busso polished off weeks of training for their lightweight championship fight with final workouts today while trainers in both camps wouldn't claim a worry in the world. "Everything is hunky dory," titlist Brown's veteran trainer' Bill Gore said. "How can you worry when you're doing everything right?" ' Brown will make the sixth defense of his title in a 15-round bout with Busso in Sam Houston Coliseum Wednesday night. BftEWED IN MWk Wiacomta 97 STORES TO SERVE Y0U MEN'S SHIRTS Beautifully Laundered ond Pressed (o)(o)s SINGH 27 PR HIS OR SLACKS Beautifully Dry Cleaned '' and Pressed rl i IINGLI 49 ft) (Mm m 9-6547 FOX OUR STORE NEAREST YOU! intOH lOHBIEU'It BOU baiohi

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